The Ultimate Calling Card: Why Your Business Card Design Speak Volumes

The Ultimate Calling Card: Why Your Business Card Design Speak Volumes

Calling Card: Why Your Business Card Design Matters

Your business card is going to be the thing people refer to as they consider calling you to use your services. Does your business card design say “hire me”?

The reports that you may have heard about the death of the business card are greatly exaggerated. Business cards are just as important as ever, and so is business card design.

In fact, it’s more important than ever to have an efficient and engaging business card, even in this world of digital-everything.

Here are some of the things that a professionally designed and printed business card says about you.

“It’s Great To Meet You. Truly!”

In this day, you might be shocked to know how much business is still done and how many leads are acquired via good old-fashioned face-to-face networking.

In fact, consider these stats:

  • The close rate for in-person meetings is 40%
  • 85% of jobs are filled through networking
  • 72% of people say their impressions are impacted by how someone appears and their handshake.

The tasteful exchange of a professional business card is still a deal-breaking or making step in meeting someone, whether it’s a would-be client or would-be boss.

Millenials Love Business Cards

There is also a giant myth out there that Millenials don’t appreciate or like business cards. Nothing could be further from the truth.

They’re a generation that’s grown up with digital requests every single day. “Add me,” “Follow me,” “Like me,” “Share me.” So this piece of tangible connection is still a bit novel to them. They’re far more likely to examine the card thoroughly and keep it.

This generation, surprisingly, has a real love affair with paper and print. They’re more likely to respond to old-school paper things that Generation Xers took for granted, like business cards, greeting cards, and public libraries.

“I’m a Professional”

Professional business card design can also instantly help you stand out as a serious professional and someone to be taken seriously.

A bad card is arguably worse than no card at all. Many people will think, “If this person claims to be a pro, but didn’t put any serious thought or money into their business card design, it’s probably indicative of how they treat everything else.”

But if you’re presented with an impressive card, you’re going to feel impressed. You will instantly put this new acquaintance in a different thought-space than most other people you meet.

They will be fresher in your mind when you’re in need of their product or service or need to refer a friend their way.

Simply put, cheap cards make you look cheap. And not cheap and in an “affordable and good value” sort of way. Cheap as in, “Low quality and cheap for a reason.”

I Know How to Blend New Media and Old-School Tactics

Another misconception is that you hand someone a business card and wait/ hope for them to call. That may have been how things were done 15 years ago, but no longer.

Business cards don’t replace digital forms of communication, they complement them, perfectly.

If you have a current offer or promotion, you need to create a custom business card design just for this promo. And your card needs to feature the offer and a specific call-to-action.

Don’t just send people to a static landing page. That’s a good way to waste traffic. Instead, send them to a custom landing page that matches the exact same look, feel, and branding as the card.

Also, make sure your offer is front and center. If your card-recipient is promised a free consultation and the landing page makes no mention of a free consultation, your target is going to think they have arrived in the wrong place and leave.

Use a custom landing page, with a specific headling and greeting. Also, make sure you use a simple URL like YourBusiness.com/YourOffer. That way it’s easy to type in with no mistakes, and you can use the custom URL to track your results.

I’m Organized and Efficient

A messy and cluttered business card doesn’t help you come off as professional. If your card is a mess, you look like a mess.

Of course, with so many possible touch-points in today’s workplace, your business card could have your

  • Name
  • Phone number
  • Website
  • Email
  • LinkedIn, Facebook or Instagram
  • Tagline
  • Picture

The challenge of smart business card design is getting as much information as possible across, while still keeping a simple and clean look.

One “hack” that a lot of people are embracing is the QR code. That way, people can just scan your card with their smartphones to get all of your contact information, yet you’ve left room for brilliant design or artwork on the card itself.

“I’m Better Than the Other Guys”

This is really a way to differentiate yourself from the competition and stand above them.

Let’s say you’re thinking about hiring Company A or Company B. The rep from Company A was nice enough and you’ve got their pretty standard business cards somewhere in your desk.

But, the sales rep from Company B gave you a very cool metal business card. It’s still on your desk because you’ve shown at least 3 people how neat the card is.

Who do you think will get the account?

It’s important to stand out. That being said, don’t look like you’re trying too hard. People have experimented with various levels of shapes and sizes for their business card design.

Don’t go too far out into left field. Your card needs to stand out, but never at the expense of your targets being able to pocket and carry your business cards.

Let’s Talk About Your Business Card Design

Since 2003, we’ve been the leading specialist in metal business cards, in a wide variety of metal finishes including gold, black, copper and stainless steel, as well as spot colors and custom die cut shapes.

What can we do for you? Find out by clicking here for a free quote today!

How to Create Better Quality Business Cards

How to Create Better Quality Business Cards

Having high quality business cards helps entrepreneurs set themselves apart as professionals. Here’s what you need to for a better first impression.

Running a business comes with many responsibilities and making sure you have awesome business cards to present your customers tops the list.

And even though our world is leaning toward a more paperless environment, business cards are still a core necessity for businesses to market properly. It’s all about that first impression.

If you’ve found yourself in a position where you need to create quality business cards, but don’t know where to start, you’ve come to the right place. Here, we’re discussing creative techniques and design principles to get you started. Keep reading to learn more.

Don’t Use Up All the Space

Sometimes a simple statement is quite enough. If you think you can get away with a trademark logo or other simple design, do it. There’s no need to use up the whole card, especially if your business is well known. Save the ‘whitespace’ for a presentation of your business card.

Using quality cardstock or other material will make an impact with a card design that doesn’t take up a lot of space. Allow your business card to do all your marketing for you.

Use Creative Shapes

We’ve moved on past the olden days when business cards were simply 3.5″ x 2″ rectangles.

Get creative with your cards and make them into all different shapes. Circle, square, even star-shaped cards will make your business stand out from the crowd. People may also be less likely to throw these cards away.

Illustrate

Whether you can come up with a drawing of your own or you plan to use graphics, it’s important to consider illustrations for your business cards.

Illustrations will add significance to your cards in light of the art they display. It will make them more memorable and perhaps even fun for the recipient to keep in their wallet.

Make light of your business with illustrations that employ your creativity and company values. It could help to stick it in people’s minds.

Make It Fun

Creativity is all about bringing out your inner child. Remember arts and crafts hour at school when you were young? Tap into that and make your business cards fun.

Create a business card that tells your customers and clients who you are and how silly you are at heart.

Be Funny

You can also be funny on your cards. Sarcasm probably isn’t a good idea but witty statements and silly questions are a good way to capture your card recipient’s attention.

Use the front of the card to ask a joke and use the back of the card to answer the question with your information there. You can be corny or dry, whatever your comedic taste.

Add a Photo

Some businesses could benefit from adding a personalized photo. This rings true for entrepreneurs and individual proprietors that are marketing themselves.

Putting a face with a name helps people to remember who they’re dealing with and it adds a personal touch.

Quality Business Cards

Creating unique and effective business cards is all about using your own creativity combined with professionalism. It’s not supposed to be difficult or scary to choose a business card design that will suit your business’ needs. Just prepare yourself for the wide varieties available.

If you truly want something unique in quality business cards, contact us. We’re here to help.

 

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